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The Indian Ocean, coastal areas partly forested to savannahs, semi-deserts, mountain forests, fresh water and soda lakes, rivers, glaciers and rainforests provide a huge range of different biotopes and are responsible for the big variety of bird species. Currently more than 1.400 registered species, of which around 100 are migratory birds, occur in East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. You find little brown birds, very colourful species and majestic vultures and eagles. Parks and sanctuaries have between 300 and over 550 registered bird species. East Africa is a paradise for ornithologists. But also non birders will be fascinated by some of the impressive birds.

Many species are spread all over the continent, but several are endemic and only occur in small ranges. We as the specialists know where to find them.

Pictures are listed in the same order as in most bird books.

Pictures taken by Elvira Wolfer, Sammy Mugo (Ornithologist and Safariguide) and clients.

 

 

Zwergflamingos
Greater Flamingos

 

 

You can hardly describe the chatter, buzz of activity and the ‘Flamenco’
dance’ nor capture it on pictures. In any case this huge mass
of flamingos are an attraction worth to be seen. Lesser Flamingos, Lake Bogoria.

Greater flamingo  (Phoenicopterus roseus). Can in
Kenya be found at the lakes Bogoria, Nakuru and Elementaita.

 

 

Rosapelikan

 

 

Great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) occur in lakes with fish such as Nakuru, Amboseli, Naivasha and others.
Photo Rolf and Maria Bonkwald

 

 

Roetelpelikan
Schuhschnabel

 

 

Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens). Widespread in Africa.

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) are found from Sudan, Uganda and a bit
further South in swamps where they feed on fish. Pairs have 5 sqkm
large territories, while groups feed in good fish areas. Status: vulnerable.
Mugamba Swamps, Photo Marina Meger

 

 

HeiligerIbis
Brauner_Sichler1

 

 

Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis a. aethiopicus) picks
various creatures from the water. Widespread in Africa.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis f. falcinellus). Widespread in Africa.

 

 

Hagedasche
Afr.Loeffler

 

 

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris)
searches for insects and snails. Widespread in Africa.

African spoonbill (Platalea alba) strain small creatures
with their flat bills out of the water. Widespread in Africa.

 

 

Marabus

Marabou storks (Leptoptilus crumeniferus).
Widespread in Africa.

 

 

Sattelstorch
Mohrenklaffschnabel

 

 

Saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
is a very attractive bird. They search for frogs and toads
in water. Widespread. Female with yellow eye.

Arican Open-billed Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus) feeds on snails
and other creatures in and around water. Widespread in Africa.

 

 

Wollhalsstorch
Schwarzstorch

 

 

Woolly-necked storks (Ciconia episcopus microscelis) are fairly
common on coastal lagoons, uncommon elsewhere.

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra). Regular palearctic migrant
 from October to April. Nakuru. Foto by Sammy Mugo

 

 

Regenstorch1
Nimmersatte

 

 

Abdim’s Stork (Ciconia abdimii) migrates with rain within
Africa and can be seen in huge flocks.

Yellow-billed stork (Myctria ibis) widespread in Africa.

 

 

Weisstoerche

 

 

White storks (Ciconia c. ciconia) for Eastern Europe spend the Northern winter in East Africa.